Talk To Her Film Analyses
Talk To Her is a 2002 film directed by Pedro Almodóvar that can be considered a cinema of attraction. The film is a melodrama with several themes, all of which range in tone, ranging from a soap opera to a tragedy. The plot revolves around two men, one a travel writer and the other a male nurse. It is a form of a cinema of attraction because it constructs an intense emotional relationship with the audience (Gunning, 284). The two men in the film are free to express their emotions even when that reveals their vulnerability. They are both seen shedding tears of empathy and dedicating their lives caring for women who are helpless. One of the most significant themes is that men also possess sentimental attributes that are considered to be feminine.
What is common between the two men is that they have been emotionally compelled to wait by the bedside of women who are suffering complications that are so severe that they are not expected to recover again. The suffering women are in a condition in which they cannot realize the devotion of the men taking care of them, but the men have devoted their lives to their service (Vardac, 1998). The director evokes complex emotions but in a rather unconventional way. Usually, it is women who are associated with the kind of emotions that lead them to feel deeply and take care of people who are helpless (Mulvey, 2010). In this case, however, it is men who do this, and they do it with optimal commitment and dedication. Benigno, one of the male characters, has been a caregiver almost all his life since he took care of his dying mother for years. When he begins taking care of Alicia after her accident, it gets to a point where he is at her bedside for 24 hours a day.
Gunning, T. n.d. The Cinema of Attraction[s]: Early Film, Its Spectator and the Avant-Garde. 381-387.
Mulvey, L. 2010 “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema,” 6-8. Oxford Press.
Vardac, N. 1998. From Stage to Screen: Theatrical Methods from Garrick to Griffith New York: Benjamin Blom, 232.